Harry Potter Studio Tour London Guide

It’s almost Halloween and what better time than to pay a visit to the Harry Potter Studio Tour in London? I visited the Harry Potter Studios in Watford, London in December. And it was a huge hassle to get there (which I did not know in advance). These are all the things I wish I’d known before going to the Harry Potter Studio Tour.

Everything you need to know about the Harry Potter Studio Tour in London

Buy your tickets well in advance to assure you get to go on the date and time that you want. Obviously, this is a very popular attraction, and so the tickets sell out pretty quickly. I booked my tickets three months in advance! They don’t sell tickets at the door so don’t expect to be able to just go there and walk in.

When booking the tickets, you have to select a time slot. Try to get a slot as early as possible – once you’re inside, there’s no time limit.

Transportation

The Harry Potter Studios are located just outside of London’s city centre. If you have a car, I would definitely recommend driving there. You can, however, also get there by train. There are two trains to Watford Junction: an express train and a local train. Make sure you get onto the express train – that one will get you there in about 20 minutes. The local train will take an hour. Especially if you’re running late (or just don’t want to spend a ridiculous amount of time on the train), you don’t want to sit in the train that stops every few minutes.

From Watford Junction station, you can take a shuttle bus (impossible to miss). These buses run every 20 minutes, and it’s about a 15-minute drive to the studios. A return ticket costs £2.50 and has to be paid in cash.

Arrival

Make sure you arrive at the studios at least 20 minutes before your scheduled time. It can get really busy. And if it’s not, you can kill time in the cafeteria or the gift shop.

You have to go through a small security checkpoint before entering the building, and then you can queue up with all the other visitors. Which isn’t as bad as it sounds, because you can admire the tiny room under the staircase where Harry used to sleep. Once you enter the tour, you’ll be escorted into a theatre where you watch a brief film before going into another room to watch another quick film. After that film, you’ll see the front doors of Hogwarts. This is where the tour really begins.

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19 Comments

  1. cleverlychanging
    7 October 2018 / 1:46 pm

    This is my first time hearing about Harry Potter Studios. It’s perfect for families who enjoy the book series.

  2. 6 October 2018 / 4:32 pm

    One of my bucket-lists! that butter beer looks interesting.

  3. Diana Tidswell
    6 October 2018 / 3:58 pm

    I have never heard of it but that Harry Potter Studio looks really awesome and I really want to go there!

  4. dhiraj020
    6 October 2018 / 3:46 pm

    it is so fascinating to visit the studio, I am wondering to go there one day

  5. Joanna
    6 October 2018 / 3:18 pm

    I am not a crazy fan of Harry Potter but I would like to visit the studios. Every time I am in London I somehow don’t have enough time to go there, as you do need an entire day to visit. It looks like a great experience though.

  6. Catherine Santiago Jose
    6 October 2018 / 2:05 pm

    Wow, that is such a beautiful place to visit. I’ve watched all the Harry Potter movies and it’s an awesome experience if I will be able to see this studio.

  7. 6 October 2018 / 6:35 am

    This. Looks. Amazing!!!!!!! I want to go to there!!!

  8. Faneshia
    6 October 2018 / 5:36 am

    Wow this place looks amazing! I hope to visit someday. I didn’t even know it existed but the pictures looks like you had a ton of fun!

  9. 6 October 2018 / 3:45 am

    I’m going to London this month and I’m really hoping to have the chance to visit the HP studios! They look so cool!

  10. Megan
    5 October 2018 / 11:55 pm

    This looks like so much fun!! I want to go 🙂 How exciting!

  11. 5 October 2018 / 10:22 pm

    I have never watched any of the movies or read any of the books, but I must admit that I’m intrigued! My oldest son would love this as well.

  12. 5 October 2018 / 8:59 pm

    This is one of my favourite reads… To me, there is nothing better than a rainy day where you can stay inside, order some delivery, and turn on a Harry Potter movie marathon or curl up with one of the books.

  13. Sheree
    5 October 2018 / 5:32 pm

    The Harry Potter studio tour looks really cool, I would love to get a chance to do it the next time I am in London!

    ~xo Sheree
    poshclassymom.com

  14. 5 October 2018 / 5:20 pm

    It looks so good and seems like a lot of fun. I will add this to the things I have to do when I visit London.

  15. 5 October 2018 / 5:17 pm

    Such amazing pictures! Truly magical 🙂

  16. 5 October 2018 / 3:31 pm

    What a magical tour! It looks so awesome. We have just watched the Harry Potter films back to back AGAIN for the 30th time. I am looking at booking this for next year to take my little Potter fan. Thanks for sharing 🙂

  17. 5 October 2018 / 11:48 am

    wow! this is amazing. i’m a potterhead too! thanks for bringing us with you!

  18. 5 October 2018 / 10:48 am

    Ahh, it looks fantastic! Always been a dream of mine to visit!

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